Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sex abuse victims to leaflet at cathedral in Chicago

Sex abuse victims to leaflet at cathedral

George ‘importing’ convicted predator is 'new low', SNAP says

The Pope defrocks pedophile, but Chicago’s cardinal quietly hires him

Top Catholic official secretly reverses his 2003 pledge to never bring criminal back here

For first time ever, SNAP urges parishioners to write the Pope complaining about George


WHAT
As mass ends, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers to parishioners about a newly-defrocked convicted, pedophile priest who is now working in Chicago again.

The leaflets urge Catholics to

-- call the archdiocese and complain about the predator’s return,

-- write the Pope about the Cardinal’s continuing recklessness, and

-- work harder than ever, in their own parishes, to seek out others who saw, suspected, or suffered clergy sex crimes and get them to call therapists and police

WHEN
Sunday, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE
Outside Holy Name Cathedral (corner of State & Superior) in Chicago

WHO
Several clergy sex abuse victims and family members who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHY
Today, the Sun Times disclosed that a controversial, convicted child-molesting clergyman is back in Chicago, working again for Cardinal Francis George, even though George was forced to oust him after media attention and public outrage in 2003.

That year, news accounts revealed that Fr. Kenneth J. Martin, originally from the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., was living in George’s mansion one week each month and working as a “liturgy expert” in the Chicago archdiocese. George was severely criticized because just six months earlier, America’s bishops adopted an allegedly ‘zero tolerance’ policy toward clergy sex crimes.

Since then, SNAP contends, George has repeatedly defied that policy, yet seen his stature rise in the church hierarchy. George, now president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reluctantly voted for zero tolerance six years ago, only after repeatedly and publicly arguing for a more lenient policy, which appears to be what he has practiced in Chicago.

In 2003, George publicly pledged that Martin "won't be coming back to Chicago."

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/1229064,CST-NWS-martin19.article

CONTACT
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president 312 399 4747
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003 cell
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

5 comments:

SMPTURLISH said...

Letter sent in to the Chicago Sun-Times

Regarding "Priest who molested teen returns," (10/18/08):


Doesn't anyone else think it inappropriate that Ken Martin, who still belongs to the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, is in the employ of the Archdiocese of Chicago?

It certainly sends mixed messages to those of us who have been working hard to hold the institutional Roman Catholic Church to its 2002 promise of accountability and transparency.

But I suppose it shouldn't be all that surprising inasmuch as it comes from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

This is the same Archdiocese of Chicago and the same Cardinal Francis George who, instead of removing a known sexual predator and Chicago priest, Dan McCormack from ministry in a timely fashion, fired Barbara Westrick, the catholic school principal who blew the whistle on McCormack.

Sadly, a "do as I say, not as I do," policy seems to be the standard of too many who are supposed to provide leadership in our church today.

Another important question is whether or not the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware has begun proceedings toward the laicization of Ken Martin, who still technically belongs to that diocese?

A good question for our new Bishop Fran Malooly.


Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate

subsidiarity said...

After reading this leaflet before the start of the 11:00 Mass, I replaced the contents of my parish offering envelopes realizing that it was I, and not Cardinal George, who was "paying" Kenneth J. Martin for the work he was doing for the archdiocee. Fragments of the leaflet bearing SNAP's name replaced the checks that went into tne usher;s basket. My next week's envelope will contain a check in the amount of $1.00 payable to the order of Kenneth J. Martin. It is not the Pope,but me and others who provide the Cardinal with the Cash Flow needed to provide for those who betrayed our Church and their fellow priests. If everyone uses their Offertory envelopes to reduce Kenny's compensation and retirement benefits, he may quit and look elsewhere for work.

subsidiarity said...

"The governing office" Part #894"The bishops as vicars and legatees of Christ, govern the particular Churchs assigned to them by their counsels, exhortations and example,......" Part #895 "The power which they exercise personally in the name of Christ, is proper, ordinary and immediate......But the bishops should not be thought of as vicars of the Pope His ordinary and immediate authority over the whole Church does not annul, but on the contrary confirms and defends that of the bishops". SOURCE; Catechism of the Catholic Church.

subsidiarity said...

Country and Western vs. Urban Catholicism: The excessive and debilitating dependence of urban dwellers on their local government bureaucrats is the price they must pay to protect their health and safety in their densely populated neighborhoods. UNlike their country and western cousins, they place their local public officials on corrupting pedestals confusing them with the spiritual God of their religions. Their resulting blind-faith in the coercive power of civil government misleads them into believing that there is secular, bureaucratic solution to all of their problems. Their country and western cousins know better instead relying upon the God created Laws of Nature. One example is this: "Unsecured food in your tent and campground will attract not just rats but bears."

subsidiarity said...

Mapquest these distances from Cardinal George's residence at 1555 N. State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois to these Chicago Latin School facilities: 1531 N. Dearborn (K to middle school); 45 W. North Boulevard (middle school); 59 W. North Boulevard (high school).